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Frequently Asked Questions...

Best-Vet Questions Answered

FAQ by Deborah Powell from Matrix Therapy Products

Why does the Best-Vet have four modes to choose from if the settings are essentially automatic?
Even though the different settings are relatively automatic, each mode has different microamps and frequency parameters. Therefore there is user control because each mode is ideal for treating different conditions. For example, the Best-Vet’s Massage mode gently soothes sore muscles, releases spasms, and improves tissue tone during therapy treatments. It is still using the biofeedback operation but unlike the Chronic mode, the information is not reported back in visual and audio tones.


How long do the batteries last?
The Best-Vet units use two AA batteries, and they last a surprisingly long time. Users have reported that the batteries last anywhere from six months to a little over a year before they have to be replaced. This is significantly longer than any other microcurrent unit on the market, which is an indicator of the Best-Vet’s high-quality engineering.


Why does the Best-Vet require training? It seems I should be able to teach myself especially when I have your book,  MicroCurrent for Horses.
While many of the protocols from MicroCurrent for Horses are compatible with the Best-Vet, no BEST devices are actually addressed in the book. The BEST devices are very unique, so it is important to learn how to use them first-hand from a knowledgeable trainer. The training ensures that you have the knowledge and ability to take full advantage of this biofeedback device when treating your horse, dog, or other animal.


Is the Best-Vet the only microcurrent unit I need to treat my horses, dogs or other animals?
The Best-Vet is an extremely beneficial device that allows a wide variety of treatment styles. However, once you become experienced with microcurrent and read MicroCurrent for Horses and Other Vital Therapies You Should Know there may be situations when you will want other types of microcurrent. For instance, the Matrix MCT Patches are ideal for follow-up, unattended, and continuous treatments.


Are the Avazzia, Inc. BEST devices superior to other microcurrent devices?
The Best-Vet cannot replace all other microcurrent devices for specific treatments, but in comparison to other microcurrent devices the BEST devices by Avazzia are quite superior. They have extremely high-quality engineering and are the only devices that instantaneously give users feedback and automatically adjust treatment. Also, when Avazzia announces software upgrades you are able to send your Best-Vet unit back to the manufacturer for an upgrade. For more information check out a Microcurrent Device Comparison.


What is unique about the Best-Vet’s biofeedback feature?
Other microcurrent units require users to treat areas that are already known to be problems and merely guess at any other locations that need treatment. With the Avazzia BEST devices we are able to literally scan the body looking for other areas of concern then get immediate feedback. If you are unsure where your horse is sore, you can use the Best-Vet to scan the entire horse to locate the issue.


What is the treatment-time protocol for the Best-Vet in comparison to other microcurrent devices?
Treatment sessions are kept shorter when using a Best-Vet microcurrent device. With the Best-Vet it is recommended to keep sessions between 20 to 30 minutes in length. Also, the biofeedback feature can assist in determining when areas have had a sufficient amount of treatment.


Can I hurt my horse by misusing the Best-Vet therapy device?
It is rare to hurt an animal with microcurrent, but might be possible. For example, if you turn the device up to a high setting, without a gradual transition while monitoring your horse’s reaction, you could startle your horse causing it to overreact. If you use the device responsibly and follow the instructions from Avazzia and Matrix Therapy Products then you should not experience any problems.


Can the Best-Vet, or microcurrent in general, be used on a pregnant mare?
It is not recommended by microcurrent device manufacturers to use microcurrent on pregnant mares because it is unknown if there are any negative side effects. However, I do have customers who have reported that they made an informed decision to administer microcurrent to their pregnant mares under special circumstances.


I know the Best-Vet works on tendons, ligaments, soreness, feet issues, et cetera but is it true that microcurrent can help ulcers?
The Best-Vet administers microcurrent, which increases ATP (cellular energy); therefore it can positively affect the whole body and reduce stress during treatment. However, it would be a stretch to say microcurrent can actually resolve an ulcer. Microcurrent would be a beneficial supportive therapy, but other outlets would need to be explored to resolve the ulcer.


I’ve heard microcurrent can be very helpful for colic from gas and/or bowel impactions; can the Best-Vet be used for this?
Many experienced microcurrent users will treat their horse with microcurrent if it is colicking, however it is not veterinarian-approved treatment for colic and it is important to alert your veterinarian. If you choose to treat a colicking horse with microcurrent, the Best-Vet does have the right attributes. You want to use a microcurrent device that has stronger settings that allow for enough stimulation and pain control, which the Best-Vet has, because it is important to quickly relieve discomfort and get manure to pass. This can sometimes be accomplished in as little as 30 minutes. Remember, you should still have your vet on notice and kept up-to-date on the horse’s condition. Click here for more colic remedies.


Why is microcurrent an important type of therapy?
Microcurrent therapy has many benefits and is an excellent foundation for other types of therapies. Here are some examples of the benefits of treating with microcurrent:

  • Improved circulation and dilated blood vessels
  • Increased amount of red blood cells.
  • Tendon and ligament recovery time is reduced by 50%.
  • Nerve repair and healing without scar tissue.
  • Stimulating lymph circulation.
  • Elimination of wastes and toxins.
  • Increased ATP* production up to 500% (ATP=adenosine triphosphate)
  • Increased excretion of fluids through the kidneys.
  • Lengthening the connective tissue, reducing or preventing formation of adhesion and reducing the danger of fibrosis.
  • Improved circulation and nutrition to joints.

ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, represents the energy reserve of the muscles adhesion; supplies energy for many biochemical cellular processes by undergoing enzymatic hydrolysis.


Is it true that microcurrent can reduce the need for joint injections?
Yes, using microcurrent can reduce the frequency of injections or sometimes eliminate the need entirely. Another method that can replace injections is treating the joint with iontophoresis combined with microcurrent (see the book MicroCurrent for Horses).


Do vets use microcurrent?
There are not very many veterinarians who use microcurrent. If it is being used microcurrent therapy is most likely to be found in small animal practices rather than large animal clinics. There are an increasing number of courses available to veterinarians, so this might change. Luckily, most veterinarians tend to be supportive of their clients who use microcurrent.

What is the difference between the terms GSR (galvanic skin resistance), scanning, and readings?
All three of these features actually perform the same function. Galvanic skin resistance (GSR) is a term for any device that uses current to gather information through the skin. Therefore, the term GSR encompasses all other generalized terms that have been coined by manufacturers.


How does the Best-Vet’s biofeedback readings compare to the Electro-Acuscope’s Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR) readings?
The approaches are quite different between the Best-Vet’s GSR and the GSR used by the Electro-Acuscope, Precision MicroStim, and other MENS devices. The biggest difference is that other microcurrent device’s GSR is a static acquisition of information, whereas the Best-Vet’s GSR biofeedback feature automatically adjusts the treatment in nanoseconds while simultaneously gathering information.

When using GSR on a microcurrent unit it will display a tissue reading, also called an ohm resistance reading. GSR readings are used for measuring the amount of resistance between two points, checking electrode function, and locating acupuncture points, which are typically less-resistant tissue. After information is gathered using GSR, the operator can begin a treatment based on the data. 

Even though the Electro-Acuscope brand calls their GSR function the “Biofeedback Feature,” it is not the same as the Best-Vet’s use of biofeedback. The Best-Vet is a FDA, CE, and ISO registered biofeedback microcurrent stimulator that gathers information and automatically adjusts the treatment based on the data it acquires. The Best-Vet device communicates back-and-forth with the body and responds to factors such as tissue resistance, hydration and cellular voltage, then immediately responds by delivering adapted waveforms, current and frequencies.


Do the BioScan units (or STS-2 Scanners) perform the same kind of scanning as the Best-Vet?
No. The BioScan (also called the STS-2 Scanner) uses GSR to find areas with less resistance, which indicate more conductive zones and acupoints. The points located by the BioScan allow easy access through that tissue rather than being actual areas that need improvement. The Best-Vet, on the other hand, finds problem areas based on increased tissue resistance, which indicates injury, soreness, scar tissue, et cetera. In other words, the BioScan is more of an acupoint finder whereas the Best-Vet finds (and treats) areas of resistance similar to what an experienced massage therapist is able to locate and feel with their hands.

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